Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Wednesday, December 12 - Daniel Kantor

It was a busy day at Madness...Crossword and Otherwise. There were more than 1,600 visits to the blog...about three times more than the average Tuesday...but not a single comment. I guess it's a busy time everywhere.

Today's puzzle, by Daniel Kantor, included several examples of A GOOD DEAL, appearing at 60A and clued as [What 17-, 25-, 36- or 50-Across is]. And the theme answers are:

17A: 21 in two cards (BLACKJACK). I'm always happy when that's the deal I get. Nice tie-in with 16A: Vegas request (hit me).

25A: Happy hour offering, maybe (TWO FOR ONE)...another tie-in at 29A: Drinking sprees (benders).

36A: C.E.O. protector (GOLDEN PARACHUTE).

50A: Huge amount, slangily (BAJILLION). Is that more than a gazillion? If I had a bajillion dollars, it would definitely be a good deal of money.

Strangest word in the puzzle is at 4A: Discourse topic (thema). I've never heard the word, and it isn't in my dictionary. I originally had theme, but I know that 8D: Neighbor of Mo. is ARK, not ERK.

Favorite clues in the puzzle include 23A: Circular seal (O-ring), 62A: Citified (urban), 63A: Initiates, in a cruel way (hazes), 1D: Pal around (with) (hobnob), 22D: Means of exit (off ramp), 40D: Place to brood (coop), and 58D: Gloomy guy? (Gus).

19A: Williams of "Happy Days" (Anson). I had a brain lapse as I was writing the word...ending up writing Ansel and wondered why I couldn't make the downs work up in that corner.

41A: __ Fixe (Idée). Love the word and its definition...an idea that dominates the mind; a fixed idea; an obsession.

55A: __ Kovic, role for Tom Cruise (Ron). This was Tom Cruise at his best, playing Vietnam vet Ron Kovic in Born on the Fourth of July. I liked Tom Cruise back then...back in the days when he didn't jump around on furniture and make a complete ass of himself. I think this is actually Ron Kovic, though...not Tom playing Ron.

58A: Like melted caramel (gooey).

65A: Brit's blade (sabre).

66A: Fishhook attachment (Snell).

11D: Dress shop compliment (it's so you). Don't you think they sound so sincere when they say that?

35D: Airport security request (photo ID). That reminds me of a funny story, but it's a long story...and maybe you had to be there.

38D: Willy Loman player on Broadway (Lee J. Cobb). We read Death of a Salesman in an English class...I was Willy's long-suffering wife, Linda. "He's not to be allowed to fall in his grave like an old dog. Attention, attention must finally be paid to such a person." If it's ever done at a theater in town, I'd like to read for that part.

51D: Rumormonger's start (I hear). I hate gossip. What a waste of energy. I used to work in the corporate office of a large grocery store chain, with several hundred employees. I got so tired of office gossip. I'm so blessed to be working in a small office where the employees just do their work.

I can hardly keep my eyes open, so I'll wrap this up. Here's the grid...

...and I'll see you tomorrow.

Linda G


Anonymous said...

Hi Linda, like yourself I was confused by THEMA...I looked it up and came up with two choices...plural of theme and the Dutch word for theme...can't say that I like the cluing for either
Have a good day

Anonymous said...

Well, since there were no comments yesterday, I might as well throw in my two cents today. I thought it was awfully easy for a Wednesday. I got golden parachute from just the "ute" and then there was no stopping me.

Linda G said...

Bob, you comment so often that I really notice a morning when you don't ; )

Anonymous, thanks for throwing in your two cents today. I may just post a comment on yesterday's blog, just to get rid of that 0.

Anonymous said...

Does it bother anyone else that "bajillion" is not a stand alone reply to "a good deal" ?? Blackjack, golden parachute, and two-for-one are good deals. Bajillion is not a good deal. It's not any kind of deal. It's a modifier for a large amount of whatever

DONALD said...

The clues for fury and ardeb (10/30/07) are the culprits -- no one else listed them, and how many people got stuck on Mr. Ed?!

Looking good! Pay no mind about comments, many crossword solvers are somewhat introverted -- if they have something to say, they go to the water cooler and listen!

QP said...

Can someone explain "gloomy guy" = GUS ?

Anonymous said...

Thanks Linda..I appreciate that!!!
Peterp...I agree a lousy reference for bajillion
Beata....Gloomy Gus is just an expression which originated from a comic-strip character created by Frederick Burr Opper in 1904

Rex Parker said...

"A Good Deal" means "A lot." A BAJILLION is a lot.